Atomic energy defense activities (1 - 10 of 36 items)
Nuclear Weapons: Design Reviews of DOE's Tritium Extraction Facility
RCED-98-75: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to build a Tritium Extraction Facility at its Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the reports of three different teams responsible for reviewing the project's conceptual design and related products, focusing on: (1) the major comments raised by the three reviews; and (2) the process used by DOE to respon...
Department of Energy: Information on the Distribution of Funds for Counterintelligence Programs and the Resulting Expansion of These Programs
RCED-97-128R: Published: Apr 25, 1997. Publicly Released: May 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) counterintelligence programs at its nuclear weapons laboratories and other high-risk facilities, focusing on the: (1) distribution of an additional $5 million among DOE facilities for counterintelligence programs; and (2) extent to which funding and staffing for counterintelligence programs at DOE facilities have in...
Nuclear Weapons: Status of DOE's Nuclear Stockpile Surveillance Program
T-RCED-96-100: Published: Mar 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons stockpile surveillance program. GAO noted that: (1) during the last 4 years, DOE has not conducted all of the tests necessary to ensure the stockpile's reliability; (2) testing delays have resulted from equipment problems, lack of space on missiles for testing, an incomplete safety study, and physical relocation of testing activities;...
Energy Management: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for DOE Property May Need to Be Reassessed
RCED-94-204: Published: Jul 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) compensation payments for property in lieu of state and local property taxes, focusing on: (1) how DOE identified communities for such payments and determined the payment amounts; (2) whether a 1987 revision of DOE payment policy was consistent with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and (3) the potential effect of DOE...
Nuclear Security: Safeguards and Security Planning at DOE Facilities Incomplete
RCED-93-14: Published: Oct 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) planning process for safeguards and security at numerous sensitive facilities and sites, focusing on: (1) the extent to which DOE has completed safeguards and security plans for sensitive facilities; (2) the extent to which DOE has completed such plans for the areas, or sites, surrounding these facilities; and (3)...
Nuclear Science: Status of DOE's Self-Supporting Isotope Program
T-RCED-92-88: Published: Aug 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1992.
GAO discussed its report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Isotope Production and Distribution (IP&D) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the program has depleted its $16-million operating fund and is currently borrowing to meet operating expenses; (2) the IP&D Program can not control production costs of radioisotopes at nondedicated production sites and can not afford to operate and maintain its dedic...
Nuclear Health and Safety: More Can Be Done to Better Control Environmental Restoration Costs
RCED-92-71: Published: Apr 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the: (1) degree of cost growth associated with the Department of Energy's (DOE) environmental restoration program; and (2) steps DOE can take to better manage and control cost growth.GAO found that: (1) since DOE has not updated or revised its 1988 total cost estimate for completing all environmental restoration work, GAO could not determine the ag...
Cleanup Technology: Better Management for DOE's Technology Development Program
RCED-92-145: Published: Apr 10, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its Technology Development (TD) Program, focusing on ways that DOE can increase the program's effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the TD Program as part of its efforts to clean up the environment; (2) although DOE has begun to implement the TD Program and fund major research and developme...
Cleanup Technology: DOE's Management of Environmental Cleanup Technology
T-RCED-92-29: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its programs to develop environmental clean-up technology. GAO noted that DOE: (1) faces a difficult task in the cleanup of its nuclear weapons complex; (2) began the technology development program and started funding eight integrated clean-up projects to address such problems as contaminated soil and groundwater, buried waste, and under...
Nuclear Weapons Complex: Major Safety, Environmental, and Reconfiguration Issues Facing DOE
T-RCED-92-31: Published: Feb 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1992.
GAO discussed the: (1) Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in developing and implementing a safety policy and culture; (2) major challenges facing DOE in cleaning up the nuclear weapons complex; and (3) key issues facing DOE in reconfiguring the complex in light of weapons reductions. GAO noted that: (1) although DOE has made strides in promoting safety issues by adopting a nuclear safety policy...